01 - challenges
A-One approached UniTrak Powderflight as they were looking to upgrade their factory and make it more efficient. This would involve reducing the amount of dust and spillages whilst also saving time on packaging processes. Previously, once the feed products were mixed, they were dropped into a tote bin and then moved onto the bagging mixers using forklift trucks. This process could take from 10 to 15 minutes per mix. By installing aeromechanical conveyors to transport the products for packaging they would save time and reduce wastage.
Terry Lofthouse, Maintenance Manager at A-One, had a theory of how this new process would work but he needed to be able to demonstrate the viability of this system to the company ownership. He approached several companies that supplied aeromechanical conveyors before selecting UniTrak Powderflight. While other companies were not always able to answer his questions readily, Terry found that Phil Booth, Sales Manager of UniTrak Powderflight, had no problems in responding to his queries.